Norwegian songbird Julie Lang wants to take her troupe to New Orleans for an engagement, but she has no money. Grey finally agrees to take the troupe aboard the Enterprise, for an IOU against their New Orleans receipts. Along the way, a mystery thief steals a valuable necklace, and Julie refuses to perform until Grey recovers it.moreless
In town to have an aching tooth removed, Carney stops at the saloon for a bolstering drink. This makes him late for the dentist, so a drunken Bill undertakes to separate Carney from his tooth. Unfortunately, escaped prisoners looking for a doctor mistake Bill for the dentist and take him with them.moreless
Brian Cloud monopolizes all the cotton crop in the area, and Laurie Rawlings, the wife of a cotton planter, doesn't like being under Cloud's thumb.
A sheriff convinces Grey to transport a dangerous Mexican bandit, Juan Cortilla, while they pick up a cargo of gunpowder for the Army at Chicota Landing. However, Cortilla gets free, captures the Enterprise, and plans to use the gunpowder to blow up the sheriff's town.
Army Sgt. Dan Phillips is trying to recruit new members for his platoon. Using a convincing argument - a hit on the head - he has filled all but two spots in his quota. And he has eyes on Phelan, one of Grey's crewmen, for one of those spots.
If Grey will lure a belle named Lucinda away from Colonel Ashley's son Tony, the colonel will provide a profitable cotton cargo for the Enterprise. Lucinda overhears the proposition but she has a plan of her own: work with Grey to make Tony jealous so that he'll propose to her.
The feuding Jennings and Cox families are going to a fair, and Grey and Bill unwittingly books both families on the Enterprise. Now Grey has to act as peacemaker before the families shoot the riverboat apart.
Sir Oliver Garrett and Juliet, his young companion, are shipwrecked actors. Grey fishes them out of the river and books them as entertainers aboard the Enterprise.
The Enterprise runs into the pilings of a new railroad bridge across the Mississippi. Furious, Grey sues the bridge company for damages and tries to shut down all bridge construction. The bridge company hires a young Illinois lawyer to defend them... a lawyer named Abraham Lincoln.
Gentleman Dan Muldoon is backing Dublin Boy against Gunnar Stagle for the bare-knuckle championship of the river. Before the fight, Dublin Boy proves to have a glass jaw, forcing Grey to take his place in the ring.
In New Orleans, Grey makes the acquaintance of a beautiful young Cajun woman who insists on taking him home to her village in the bayou country. However, the captain soon discovers that the deluded woman believes he is her dead fiancée. The entire village insists that Grey play out the charade rather than see her suffer... up to and including marriage.moreless
Grey and Bill have an idea to make the Enterprise famous by shanghaiing President Zachary Taylor and transporting him to his inaugural address. To do so they get some help from a girl named Lucy Belle.
Fast talking Martinus Van der Brig persuades Holden and Bill Blake, the riverboat's new pilot, to transport a group of pioneers to some new territory, recently purchased from Mr. Van der Brig.